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What can history teach us about Islam vs. Western Civilization?,
This review is from: 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West (Hardcover)Perhaps it was the publisher who put the provocative subtitle on 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West. Roger Crowley is so evenhanded in his account of what happened at Byzantium in 1453 that he refers to the event as both the "Fall of Constantinople" and the "Capture of Istanbul."
I enjoyed the book very much. It is fascinating and engaging with a good deal of drama and a minimum of irony. As I read, I kept looking for clues for solving the current cold war between Islam and the West. That pesky subtitle. Should the West fight or surrender? Cooperate, forgive or concede? After taking the city, Sultan Mehmet rebuilt it as a multicultural metropolis where Latins, Greeks, Muslims and Jews were all free to worship and trade. But that was within the context of Islamic domination, so that's not quite the answer either.
Crowley is too good a scholar to presume to offer answers. Don't let the publisher tease you. Read 1453 because it's a really good read.